Liberal Arts For The Christian Mind Leland Ryken

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There is probably no other time in our lives more formational than the college experience. So much depends on these few early years in our live as we grow socially, mentally, and (for some of us) spiritually. Therefore, the college decision may be the most important one we ever make in our lives. People often view a liberal arts college as a place for people who don’t know what they want to do with their lives. They come out knowing a little bit of everything, just enough to get you a job in what interests you once you graduate. However, this is not the case. A liberal arts education prepares us for more than just a vocation but rather all of life. In the book Liberal Arts for the Christian Mind Leland Ryken says that “A liberal education prepares people to do well in all that they may be called to do in life” (L. Ryken 19). Yet as Christians we must factor our calling to a life service into this equation. Ryken also says “Loving and serving God should be the foundation for everything else that you do at college.” The Christian liberal arts is the most effective education system to prepare for a life of service to Jesus Christ and the church. So what’s so special about the liberal arts? People tend to view it as a jack of all trades, master of none type of education. It’s commonly believed that those who attend liberal arts colleges are people with no direction in life, people who only applied because that was the logical next step after high school. I can identify

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